Why the cannabis referendum is so important & 3 reasons why you must vote yes!

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We need to pass the referendum on recreational cannabis.

We need to save the money we spend on policing and jailing people for weed (and don’t for one second believe the lie MPs always promote that users aren’t arrested, they are).

We need the tax revenue and jobs that a new cannabis market would create.

We need a proportion of that revenue ring fenced to fund addiction services.

We need a regulated market that promotes a structured market that favours small craft beer type growers rather than mega corporations.

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We need a legalised market so medicinal users can get actual cannabis for their pain relief and not the ridiculous pharmaceutical synthetic which is many times the cost.

The referendum allows for all of this.

The middle class vanilla campaign being pushed by the useless Drug Foundation has left behind much of the actual cannabis community and their apathy is reflected in the polls. but cometh the 4.20pm, cometh the stoner.

I believe the referendum will pass as we get closer.

There are 3 reasons why you must vote yes.

1 – Kate Hawkesby is against cannabis reform and she is an insufferable human being who deserves to be made sad by a cannabis reform win. 

2 – The American Christian Right are funding the no campaign and they deserve to be punished for their attempt to interfere with our domestic policy!

3 – Because the current prohibition model is a counter productive social policy that only makes every outcome more negative while empowering organised crime and we are supposed to be adults, not temperance union killjoys.

It really says something about us as a people where we are happy to allow those in terminal pain to commit suicide, but we won’t allow them to smoke a joint for that pain?

We can’t be this uptight as a people can we?

If this referendum passes, I will be outside the Auckland Police HQ lighting up as a silent vigil for all those Kiwis who were punished for this inane prohibition.

 

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14 COMMENTS

  1. I couldn’t agree more. Far better a smoke that having anti depressants shoved down ones throat and how many NZers are on so many medications doing more damage.

  2. Because of the corona, I’ll have to go Live on one of them facebook groups, the one with over 100,000 members to celebrate the occasion.

  3. Given the overwhelming scientific evidence that both alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than cannabis (for example: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4311234/ ), when you vote in the cannabis referendum this year, the question in your mind needs to be:

    Should we allow a regulated market for cannabis sales, as we do with alcohol and tobacco?

    OR

    Should we ban the sale and possession of alcohol and tobacco, in line with the way we currently regulate cannabis?

    Put in those clear and logical terms, it’s a no-brainer.

    • One might wish that “prohibition” had succeeded, and that the use of tobacco could be stamped out; however, it does not follow from these premises that the recreational use of marijuana should be legalized.

      • I agree . The gangs will still operate supplying the under 20 year Olds and those want a cheaper product due to no GST and packaging. If booze and tobacco were invented now they would not be for sale like they are. No need to add another drug

  4. Another reason we should vote yes, is because it will make it a lot easier for farmers to grow hemp.

  5. Do you know how inconvenient it is having to source cannabis, zigzags, maybe a tiny bit of tobacco to make in smoke well. Oh, and talk about yesterday’s devices AT tomorrow’s prices.

    No consumer protections from fraud or adulterated product. Who is this system benefiting? .. well, who’s knows .. Gangs? Home-Owners with somewhere to grow? Z Energy?

    Who gets criminalized ?? .. Normal citizens, for having some dried-plant-matter in their possession, why ?? .. Because they don’t want to get off-their-face DRUNK .. but rather have dinner, a smoke and watch a documentary – WHAT A CRIME~!!

    How about just let people buy it from a store and pay tax! The time, money and resources invested by people in NZ sourcing cannabis is staggering! Let the people have dried-plant-matter ..

    Let them have cake .. hell, throw in a packet of Birdbirds !!

    How abstract .. detaining, arresting and caging people for having dried-plant-matter. Some very sick puppies in NZ.

  6. “We need to save the money we spend on policing and jailing people for weed (and don’t for one second believe the lie MPs always promote that users aren’t arrested, they are). ”

    Yep. I think front line cops would go along with this, but their seniors find it easier to go after the low hanging fruit to keep their crime-solving stats looking good.

    Doubt the American Christian nutters providing funding are as innocent as they may strive to appear either.

    • Sorry buddy, the rules are that no one entity can control more than 20% of the legal marijuana sector. So that rules out your big-box retailers.

  7. ” It really says something about us as a people where we are happy to allow those in terminal pain to commit suicide, but we won’t allow them to smoke a joint for that pain ”
    That message needs wide circulation including massive billboards positioned near the National party ones that seem to be everywhere.

    • When was the last time you saw a court case where someone faced the judge for smoking pot for pan relite . Medical Marajuana is legal

  8. This is so crafty, it makes me wonder that if there is someone in the Jacinda mob who can move past the knowledge that the pot vote getting up will inspire vitriol from media looking for a hook to hang Jacinda on, and then devise a strategy to put the referendum in with the general election meaning that all the conservative old people many of whom wouldn’t bother about a pot referendum but who have never missed a general election (“it’s every kiwis duty”) do vote on pot, the referendum will fail – bullet dodged, why can he/she, not have devised ways of getting around obergruppenfuhrer Peters therefore enabling Labour to sort out housing or CGT in its first term?

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